Swim Sail Cruise – Gulf of Hisaronu
- Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)
- Tour Type: Swim and Sail Cruise
- Average Daily Swimming: 5 kms
- Accommodation: Liveaboard cabin based luxury gulet
- Escort: One gulet, Dinghies, Kayak
- Extra: Kayaks and SUP available for Non Swimmers or Partners
- Package: All inclusive except alcohol drinks
This cruise trip is suitable for most levels of swimmer, with three separate escorts for the safety and enjoyment of all guests. See our FAQs for swimming speed requirements. The trip is also great for non-swimming partners or friends as they can kayak and stand up paddle board (SUP) along or just spend time relaxing on the gulet.
– Swim in the secluded bays and lagoons
– Sailing, cruising and sun-tanning on a luxurious gulet
– Enjoy delicious traditional meals on the deck
– Visit the ancient sites along the way
– Private environment for small groups
Included in the price
Fully guided tour with comprehensive safety escort (2 dinghy escort boats, kayak, 2 swimming guides, 1 local boat pilot), swim coaching, technique & stroke analysis, video filming, 7 nights cabin accommodation (en-suite bathrooms), towels and bedding, 3 freshly cooked meals a day plus tea and biscuits in the afternoon, water during meals. Each guest receives a swim hat. A few swimming tow floats are available on tour. If you need fins, a wetsuit or rash vest, please bring them with you.
Travel to and from the start of the tour, travel visas, drinks on the boat (bar), gratuities. Single room (cabin) supplement: 300 EUR.
If you are a group of 8-12 swimmers this is an ideal trip to experience something special out on the sea away from crowds. Please get in touch for more details.
KAYAK and SUP board are available on our swimming trips to use
The boat has 7 guest cabins. All cabins are large and spacious with en-suite showers, air-con, electric plugs, etc. 5 large double bed cabins and 2 triple (twin) bed cabins including one double bed and one single bed. Five-member boat crew has their own cabins on the boat.
Living on the sea is a special experience. For this trip, we use a luxurious 37-metre (120 ft) long traditional Turkish gulet which is equipped with all the comforts of home. Our gulet offers large guest cabins, lounge, dining areas on the back and front, large deck, shade, and gives us plenty of room to all have privacy for ourselves when needed. Crew and guides have separate space on the boat.
One of the greatest features of living and travelling by boat is a flexibility which allows us to coordinate our swims, meals and travel time as we want. We aim to do two swims a day (morning, afternoon) and move locations at least once a day. Moving locations is weather permitted and coordinated with our captain.
Food – Meals
We hire a traditional high-quality wooden gulet and crew for this trip. We have our own chef who cooks for us the entire week. The full board is included in our cruise and meals on board are exceptionally good, consisting of a variety of fresh salads, fruits, grilled meats, local fish and Turkish specialities. Vegetarians will enjoy Turkish mix of vegetables and mezes. Meal times are coordinated with our swim times and boat cruising.
Dinner on the deck is usually the highlight of the day; a long leisurely meal sitting under the stars listening to the water lapping at the hull of the gulet. If you wish to go off gulet and have a dinner on land there will be an opportunity to do that as well.
Water on board is included during meal times, but not alcoholic drinks. You can buy additional drinks on-board for normal rates. Please see the beverage list and prices attached for your information.
Boat technical details
Category: High-End quality gulet
Gulet type: 2 masted handcrafted ketch
Flag: Turkish with International permits (Greece)
Length: 37 m (120 ft)
Beam: 8 m
Engine: 2 x 450 HP Iveco
Year Built: Fethiye boatyard, Year 2006
Year Renovated: 2011
Wood: Mahogany with teak deck
Fuel Capacity: 6000 lt
Water Capacity: 15,000 lt
Air Conditioning: All cabins
Showers: All cabins en-suite
Crew: 4-5 members
Swimming guides: 2
Facilities & Amenities
Bar, BBQ, Deck Shower, DVD Player, Freezer, Fridge, Ice Box, Ice Machine, Indoor Lounge, the Internet for limited use, MP3 Player, Sea Ladder, TV / Plasma,
Leisure & Equipment
Windsurfer, Canoe/Kayak, Snorkelling Equipment and limited Fins
Electric / Power Plugs
There is 220V power on the boat, so you can charge your devices. The socket is standard European.
Note! Due to larger demand on some dates we occasionally decide to use two main gulets on the same trip and the second boat may not be exactly the same model, but it will offer the same comfort and purpose for the trip.
Cabins (Double and Twin)
Swim cruise route and places we stop and visit on the Gulf of Hisaronu trip
Marmaris – Bozukkale – Bozburun – Selimiye – Bencik – Sogut – Serce – Marmaris
We begin our voyage in Marmaris and then sail into the Gulf of Hisaronu. On the way, we visit several gorgeous bays, islands and villages including Bozukkale, Söğüt, Bozburun, Selimiye, Hisarönü, Bencik, Serce. After a week of sailing, cruising, swimming and having a wonderful time we return back to Marmaris.
PLACES WE VISIT
Marmaris is one of Turkey´s most popular holiday destination on the Aegean coast. The main industry of Marmaris is tourism and it serves as a gulet cruise gateway. It offers turquoise waters, golden beaches, marinas and numerous other attractions. Nearby popular resorts are Icmeler, Turunc and Dalyan. You can do several boat trips from/to Marmaris. The area has hot and dry summers and mild rainy winters. Showers and rain are very unlikely during May and October season.
This large bay between Kale Burnu and Değirmen Burnu is surrounded by ancient city walls that blend into the rocky outcrop so sailing into Bozukkale feels like a step back in time. A path leads up to a castle with impressive defensive walls so we can make the hike up before or after our swim in the bay.
Towards the end of Hisaronu gulf on the eastern side is a beautiful bay surrounded by mountains with wonderful clear blue sea and a unique waterfront. Little fishing village of Selimiye is a good place to re-stock with provisions needed for the cruise.
It is located east of Bozburun and it is known as home to gulet building and fishing. We usually stay there one night and enjoy the peaceful environment. Swimming there is very sheltered from most winds and we have plenty of choices.
Serce is a small beautiful bay on the southern side of Hisaronu and if offers wonderful and sea with mountain backdrop all around. There is one family-run restaurant at the end where we can get locally produced products. We usually do a 360 swim around the entire bay which is around 3km.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: We meet in Marmaris harbour at the Tourist Information Office (Turizm Danışma) next to Anatolia Bar and the Taxi rank. When everyone is together we board our traditional Turkish gulet and meet the crew. After an initial introduction to your home for the week and having made yourselves comfortable in your rooms, we do a trip briefing followed by our first group dinner on-board. Our boat will depart the harbour and we sleep on the sea in Marmaris Bay overnight.
Day 2: Before breakfast, we usually go for a short acclimatisation swim (300-400m) to test the water and find someone with a similar speed to swim with. We will check that everyone feels happy before then continuing to swim, covering up to 2km+ in total. Following the swim, we can change and then enjoy breakfast.
The boat will then be driven for around 2-3 hours out to Bozukkale Bay, which is where we will spend the rest of today and the night. The bay is not accessible by road but ideal for boats as it is surrounded by hills and sheltered from the wind. It is possible to see Rhodes, Greece across the sea on a clear day. Bozukkale Bay is known for the ancient ruins of a castle that scatter the surrounding hills. We are served lunch on the deck and then can go for a walk to see the ruins and take in the view. We swim 2km in the afternoon in the bay and then have tea. In the evening we have dinner on the boat. There is little light pollution here, so we can see the stars at night.
Day 3: The next morning we will do another swim in the bay, often on the other side. We find it very peaceful to swim in the morning before breakfast as the sea is quiet and often there are no other people. We have a good breakfast and then set off to our next destination of Bozburun. Bozburun is a quaint village that we enjoy to visit and is about 2 hours away by boat. It is a great place to go off the boat to stretch our legs and explore.
We return to the boat by 13:00 to have lunch on-board and then rest time. For the afternoon swim, we anchor off an island of Kizil near to Bozburun and swim along the shoreline. We have dinner and sleep overnight in this same place.
Day 4: This day we will swim on the other side of the island and try to increase the swim distance. The swim is around 2.4km depending on where we start from and takes us along the rocky coastline. Often there are a few sailing boats and yachts anchored where we will swim, so it is interesting to see them and swim by. Very often we see turtles in this area as the seabed is shallow. At one point we film your stroke to analyse one evening, so this can be a good time at the end of this swim. We have breakfast and then set off for the next stop of Kuzbuk Bay which is another very beautiful area.
On the hill, there is one small house that overlooks the stunning landscape. We do a swim here which can involve a 400m crossing and then coastal swim back to the boat. Look forward to another special evening where we dine on deck and relax.
Day 5: In the morning we will take you out to swim from the other side, starting 2.5km away and swimming back around a dramatic bay with high cliffs all around. Look forward to breakfast to renew your energy, then we will go to another village called Selimiye where we will go onto land and explore for an hour or so.
We will go back to the gulet for lunch and then relocate for the afternoon swim. Often we go to another island in the Bay of Hisaronu which has the ruins of a small Christian church on it. We will swim past and also be able to see a tree that has many rags hanging from it, tied by people who wanted to make a wish or seek blessing. We will move the boat again and cruise back towards Selimiye for a sheltered place overnight for dinner and sleeping.
Day 6: This morning we will do an island hopping swim, where we aim to connect 3 islands, each crossing is around 800m. Including swimming along the length of the first island, the total distance is approximately 3km. This is a great swim and it feels satisfying at the end to look back and see the total distance you swam.
We will start the journey back towards Marmaris today and take breakfast as we cruise and enjoy the views. Serçe bay is an idyllic place for us to stop and spend the rest of the day and night. The afternoon swim (360 loop) around the bay is almost 3km and then we will enjoy a well deserved evening meal under the stars. This bay is well protected from the wind and often a great place to try snorkelling, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding.
Day 7: This morning we swim from outside the bay and bay in along the rocky cliffs in the crystal clear Mediterranean sea. We aim to swim for about 2.5km but it can depend on where the boat is anchored. After the swim and breakfast, we steadily make our way back towards Marmaris for about 2 hours cruising. We will usually anchor in a position for lunch where we will do the final (afternoon) 2km swim in Turunch bay. This evening we will move the boat further into Marmaris bay so that we are nearby to the town for our departure the next morning. Our final evening is enjoyed sharing stories. We usually share our video and photo material collected during the week.
Day 8: The trip finishes at around 9am in Marmaris harbour. We will have breakfast on the way there before saying goodbye to the crew, Strel guides and fellow swimmers.
Please bear in mind that the trip itinerary is flexible depending on the weather and best swimming and overnight spots, so we may occasionally change days for better enjoyment of the trip.
Projected swimming distances and locations
Since we are based on the boat and we cruise from place to place this itinerary may slightly change. We take into consideration the weather and sea conditions. Depending on the group we usually swim around 35 km during the week.
|Marmaris – Sedir island||2.0 km|
|Bozukkale Bay – 1st Swim||2.5 km|
|Bozukkale Bay – 2nd Swim||2.3 km|
|Bozburun – Kizil island||2.2 km|
|Bozburun – Kiseli island||2.1 km|
|Selimiye Bay||2.5 km|
|Kameriye island||3.0 km|
|Koca island – 360 loop||2.5 km|
|Sogut Bay – 1st Swim||2.5 km|
|Sogut Bay – 2nd Swim||2.8 km|
|Serce Bay 360 loop||3.0 km|
|Turunc Bay||2.5 km|
|Marmaris – Keci island||2.2 km|
|Month||Water Temp. (°C/F)||Air Temp. (°C/F)|
|May||22 / 72||27 / 81|
|June||24 / 75||30 / 86|
|July||25 / 77||32 / 90|
|August||26 / 79||35 / 95|
|September||25 / 77||30 / 86|
|October||24 / 75||28 / 83|
Keep in mind that you can skip any of the swims you want and relax on the boat. Temperatures are indicative and can slightly change from year to year.
Swimming Equipment – Gear (wetsuit, fins, rash vests, pull buoys, tow floats)
We have limited swimming gear available on each trip, so please bring your own if you require one for yourself.
The walking on the trip is easy and it is on recognised paths and in towns. In order to enjoy your walks when we go off the boat, please bring comfortable light walking shoes and suitable clothes for summer temperatures.
NOTE! You do not need to use any shoes while on our gulet boat. We walk barefoot and it is the best. You can bring sandals or slippers if you want.
Bozburun / Selimiye village: 1.5 km
Bozukkale Bay: 2km
In addition to normal items, we recommend bringing the following:
2 swimming costumes, 2 pairs of swimming goggles (one clear and one tinted for different light conditions), sweater/fleece, towel, sun hat, small daypack, waterproof sun cream and jacket, walking shoes and sandals or aqua shoes. Mosquito repellents are recommended during some evenings. We provide drinking bottles while you swim and swim hats.
Up to a maximum of 14 guests, with 2 swimming guides, local boat captain, 2-3 assistants and chef. Occasionally we may run two boats at the same time which means the number of total guests will be more than 14.
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. In the event of adverse weather conditions at any of our swimming locations, we may need to adapt our itinerary. Our team always includes local guides who know great places to swim, so rest assured you won’t be missing out! Swimming in the open sea amongst natural wildlife is a unique experience, but you may come across certain marine life such as jellyfish, sea turtles, coral and sea urchins from time to time. There are very few jellyfish along the Turkish southern coast and so the risk of any unfortunate encounters with them is low, and we will always show you the safest areas to swim. If you are stung by a jellyfish and are unable to carry on swimming, you will never be far from an escort boat where one of the guiding team will be able to treat the affected area. If you suffer from anaphylaxis or any other allergic reactions it is important to inform us at the time of booking.
Start Point: Marmaris harbour, Turkey
Start Time: 17.00 on the 1st Day
Finish Point: Marmaris harbour, Turkey
Finish Time: 9.00 on the 8th Day
Meeting Point on the 1st day
You need to get to Marmaris harbour to meet us and our boat. There are a few options on how to travel there.
Book a private transfer: https://www.suntransfers.com
1) Fly to Dalaman, Turkey
There are numerous flights from all over Europe to a major airport of Dalaman. Dalaman is the closest to Marmaris and it is best to fly there if you can. Overseas flights often connect you via Istanbul. Transfer by car/van from Dalaman airport takes about 1h 20 min and from Antalya about 2.5 hours. When you arrive to Marmaris by ferry from Rhodes we can meet you at the ferry office and take you to our boat.
2) Fly to Rhodes, Greece and take a ferry
You can travel to Marmaris via Rhodes (Greece) by boat ferry line (1 hr journey). You can book the ticket online at www.yesilmarmarislines.com. It costs 70 Eur return way. The daily ferry times of arrival and departure are matched well with our cruise departure/arrival in Marmaris. You can arrive by ferry on Day 01 and leave on Day 08 or stay longer after our trip if you want.
Search flights at: http://www.skyscanner.net
Please note that a cruise trip sometimes requires a certain amount of flexibility and we reserve the right to start or finish the trip on a different location due to weather or other logistical changes. However, if this happens, we will organise a ground transfer to the destination on the starting or finishing day.
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport to enter Turkey. Effective from 1 January 2015, passports will have to be valid for at least 60 days beyond the permitted stay. Please check whether you require a visa. Some EU nationalities do not require a Visa, while most others do, so please check with your local authorities if you need one. British, Australian, Canadian, Irish, USA nationals need a visa. Regulations do change, so please check before you travel. To visit Greek island of Rhodes or Symi, you need a Schengen visa. If you are coming from outside of EU, please check your requirements for Schengen – EU visa.
There are no specific vaccinations required for Turkey, but you should ensure that your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date. You may also obtain vaccinations against hepatitis A and typhoid.
Travel to and from the start of the tour, travel visas, drinks on the boat (bar), gratuities. Single room supplement: 300 EUR. If you are single and happy to share a room with another person, there is no extra charge. If we are unable to find another person of the same sex, you will be charged the supplement of 300 EUR and given your own cabin.
The local currency is Turkish Lira (TL) in Turkey. Feel free to bring any other currency USD, GBP, EUR, AUD on the boat to pay for your drinks and for gratuity at the end.
Up to a maximum of 13 guests, with 2 swimming guides, local boat captain, 2-3 assistants, chef and 2 dinghy escorts + kayaks + SUP.
“Top experience! The swimming conditions are fantastic, the sights are breathtaking, and everything just feels ancient – like Odysseus is going to sail up to you at any minute.”
~ Ashley, USA (October 2018)
“The trip was amazing. Thank you for all your kindness and great support. Turkish sea is incredible for swimming and we will be back!”
~ Sharon, South Africa (October 2018)
“Thank you for a fabulous week. It was absolutely amazing, I will talk about it to all my swimmers.”
~ Lesley, UK (October 2018)
“This Strel Sailing trip has spoiled us. We have a new standard of vacationing!! We are planning a return trip as we write.”
~ Dorothy and Michael, USA (October 2017)
“That was the greatest swim cruise ever!”
~ John and Frances, Canada (October 2017)
“Absolutely amazing trip and experience. We cannot wait to return for more!”
~ Phil and Joanne, Australia (October 2017)